These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Hindustan Times Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to two failed fact checks and two misleading claims.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: India 142/180
Founded in 1924, The Hindustan Times is a broadsheet format newspaper based in India. They cover local, national, and international news.
Funded by / Ownership
The Hindustan Times is owned by M.P. Shobhana Bhartia who was nominated by Congress (2012) and hence the newspaper has a pro-Congress tone. (*The Congress is a secular party whose social liberal platform is generally considered on the center-left of Indian politics). The KK Birla group owns a 69 percent stake in HT Media. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked India 142/180 in their Press Freedom Index, which is borderline completely lacking press freedom.
In review, The Hindustan Times reports national and international news with a left-leaning bias. Articles and headlines contain emotionally loaded language such as this Thackeray under pressure from Bollywood ‘mafia’ to derail Sushant probe: Sushil Modi. This story like most lacks hyperlinked sourcing. When reporting on international news there is low bias as they use credible sources such as Reuters, AP, and maintain factual reporting.
Editorially, they generally align with The Congress Party, which is the liberal opposition party to Modi’s conservative BJP party. The Congress Party advocates for advocates liberty, social justice, equality, welfare state, along with progressive and secular society. For the most part, the news is reported factually, however, they have failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
- Did RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Say Nationalism Refers To ‘Nazism’? – Misleading
- Man from India’s Tripura had died in a hospital in Malaysia due to coronavirus. – False
- “Men are more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19” – Misleading
- Elephant was ‘fed’ a pineapple with firecrackers and that the incident took place in Kerala’s Malappuram district. – FALSE
Overall, we rate the Hindustan Times Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to two failed fact checks and two misleading claims. (M. Huitsing 9/5/2017) Updated (8/3/2020)